Professor Sir Peter David Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS, is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. In this role, he is internationally respected for his work promoting the use of evidence in policy formation and the translation of scientific knowledge into better social, economic and environmental outcomes. He is the founder of the APEC Economies’ Chief Scientists’ and Equivalents Network (CSAE) and the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA).
Earlier this year he received the Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Sir Peter was the founding Director of the Liggins Institute and is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists. In 2015, he was invested to the Order of New Zealand, the country’s highest honour which is reserved for only 20 living people. Sir Peter is the only living scientist to hold the award. Prior to this, Sir Peter became a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 and a Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in 2008. In 2001 he received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal.
Sir Peter is the author of 650 scientific papers and reviews, and five books and editor of eight books. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London). He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.
On his visit to Singapore, Sir Peter will discuss with NZCC Members and friends about The Small Advanced Economies initiative, which brings together officials from Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, and Switzerland to explore policy issues where the implications of country size influence decision-making. The focus of the initiative has been on three inter-related work streams: economic policy; science, technology and innovation; and foreign and trade policy. You can read more about the initiative here.
The Office of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor currently serves as the secretariat for the initiative in general and, in particular, leads the science, technology, and innovation focused work within the group. The foreign and trade policy-related elements are coordinated by the Secretariat and led by the New Zealand Special Envoy for the SAEI.
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